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Microsoft Set to Open $100 Million Tech Center in Brazil

By - Source: The Next Web | B 15 comments

Software giant has been involved in Brazil for several years.

Microsoft is planning to invest around $100 million in a technology center based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The center will be supported by the Brazilian government, but the the majority of funding will derive from Microsoft itself. Currently, it's unclear what it plans to do with the ambitious center such as acting as a research hub or develop products.

The software firm has been involved with Brazil for years. Back in 2008, it opened a project that helped expand internet cafes across the country, as well as delivering educational and job-training components to said project.

According to Agencia Estado, several other technology companies also plan to open centers in Brazil, including a new research hub from Intel.

In addition to technology centers in Germany, Israel and Egypt, Microsoft has also invested $5 million in its Sao Paulo-based center as well.

 

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    Onus , November 7, 2012 8:59 PM
    Microsoft is wise to not open this in the USA, where business and other tax rates are about to get jacked through the roof.
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    maestintaolius , November 7, 2012 9:37 PM
    jtt283Microsoft is wise to not open this in the USA, where business and other tax rates are about to get jacked through the roof.

    They don't pay US corporate tax rates anyway.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Irish_arrangement
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    extremepcs , November 7, 2012 10:02 PM
    jtt283Microsoft is wise to not open this in the USA, where business and other tax rates are about to get jacked through the roof.


    More like where they can find people to work at the new facility for a small fraction of what they would have to pay Americans.
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    salgado18 , November 7, 2012 11:47 PM
    jtt283Microsoft is wise to not open this in the USA, where business and other tax rates are about to get jacked through the roof.

    You do realize that taxes in Brazil are three times higher than USA's? They are doing it to create cheaper specialized workforce here, but I don't complain, because that's more technology coming our way.
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    mrmike_49 , November 8, 2012 12:13 AM
    another example of America's biggest export : JOBS!
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    Onus , November 8, 2012 12:26 AM
    With 0bama getting another term, and no end in sight to Congressional spending, taxes will go up, and loopholes will be closed.
    My country has lost, and no one had to fire a shot.
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    madjimms , November 8, 2012 12:38 AM
    mrmike_49another example of America's biggest export : JOBS!

    They aren't "taking" jobs away, they are GIVING ADDITIONAL jobs to people in Brazil... stop being so selfish.
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    fuxxnuts , November 8, 2012 6:59 AM
    madjimmsThey aren't "taking" jobs away, they are GIVING ADDITIONAL jobs to people in Brazil... stop being so selfish.


    actually, it's a zero sum game, and therefore they are taking jobs away.... jobs are being exported from the US to other countries. it's nothing new, and has nothing to do with being selffish. It's all about competitive markets...
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    abbadon_34 , November 8, 2012 8:19 AM
    Glad someone is getting smart on taxes. Win-win for MS and Brazilian economy
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2012 10:38 AM
    they better put good security systems in the facility
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    deksman , November 8, 2012 12:22 PM
    This export of jobs is only temporary as higher levels of automation will force Microsoft to lay off a lot of people because they cannot justify keeping people in positions which technological automation can do thousands of times faster and more efficient (for a lower price ratio).
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    TeraMedia , November 8, 2012 1:04 PM
    @jtt283: Don't be so negative. You probably don't realize it but Romney's plan would have us all climb a little higher before we jump off a cliff (non-renewable energy depdendence).

    Personally, I think Ballmer just wanted an excuse to go down more frequently to see a hot mistress in Rio. But if it helps build up the Brazilian economy and government so that they are stronger trading partners, I'm for it even though it is a zero-sum game. It is indeed zero-sum, but consumers need money to purchase your products.
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    COLGeek , November 8, 2012 7:04 PM
    MS expanding into growing international markets makes tons of business sense for the company. I really don't see this as a political move in any way (from a US perspective). Seriously folks, take a deep breath and relax a bit.
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    K2N hater , November 9, 2012 6:06 PM
    OnusMicrosoft is wise to not open this in the USA, where business and other tax rates are about to get jacked through the roof.

    Taxes in Brazil are much worse than in the USA. For instance, the cost of living in Rio de Janeiro matches western europe.

    abbadon_34Glad someone is getting smart on taxes. Win-win for MS and Brazilian economy

    Excuse me but Microsoft is a corporation. They don't work to help countries develop but for market dominance.

    COLGeekMS expanding into growing international markets makes tons of business sense for the company. I really don't see this as a political move in any way. Seriously folks, take a deep breath and relax a bit.

    The article states that they're supported by brazilian government. Government = politics.
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    COLGeek , November 9, 2012 10:54 PM
    Of course a government would support bringing business into their country/market, especially a country trying to grow its tech sector.

    This may be Brazilian politics, but not US politics.

    Thanks for pointing out my omission from an earlier post.